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Gary US Bonds Audio CD
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As America’s baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, "New Orleans," attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000009QKX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Orleans
2. Not Me
3. Shine On Lover's Moon
4. Quarter To Three
5. School Is Out
6. School Is In
7. Dear Lady Twist
8. Havin' So Much
9. Twist, Twist Senora
10. Seven Day Weekend
11. Gettin' A Groove
12. Copy Cat
13. I Dig This Station
14. Where Did The Naughty Little Girl Go
15. I Wanta Holler (But The Town's Too Small)
16. Take Me Back To New Orleans

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - a 60s sound never recreated 22 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was 12 when I first heard `New Orleans' and it knocked me out. I also like `Not Me' but when `Quarter to Three' came out I was truly hooked. `School is Out' and `Seven Day Weekend' are my favourites although I like them all. This is truly uplifting music in that it portrays a level of `party excitement' that is rarely achieved in real life. Those who think the sound is `crappy' miss the point - it was meant to be crappy. That is what gives the music its excitement. Clean up the sound and the atmosphere is gone. It is the difference between Little Richard and Pat Boone. The sound is brilliant and has never been replicated since (although Phil Spector tried). I suppose that is why listeners will either love or hate it. I love it and am resigned to the fact that this level of excitement will not occur anymore as sounds become crisp and `clean. A fantastic CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brass-Backed Blues-Based Shuffles 30 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
The septuagenarian singer/songwriter known as 'Gary (U.S.) Bonds' has spent a half-century in the music business creating R&B. That lengthy period has included three spells when interest in his work has swelled. The first of these was with the early 1960s recordings he made at Legrand Studios in Norfolk, with the highly accomplished session group, The Church Street Five, and his label boss and record producer, Frank Guida. He was to pretty much disappear from the US charts for nearly 2 decades, when he experienced a dramatic resurgence in his fortunes in the early 1980s, when long time fan Bruce Springsteen came into the picture. Sessions with 'The Boss' saw him return to the U.S. charts with the impressive 'This Little Girl', and 'Out Of Work'. That was followed by a second comeback, since the turn of the millennium, with the self-referential Back In 20. My personal preference is for the raw productions created in the mid-20th century. Happily, this enjoyable compilation focuses on that initial period. It includes some of his big-selling records of that time: 'New Orleans'; 'Not Me'; 'Quarter To Three', and 'School Is Out'. There was a tried-and-tested formula for these 2-3 minute records of visceral sound: the use of a thumping bass drum sound, overlaid by backing singers chanting and clapping, whilst Bonds shouted his vocals over live-sounding rhythms and a frenzied brass section, all set against muffled, reverb-heavy production, in what sounded like, a party atmosphere. Other highlights included here are the fuzzy, distorted 'I Wanna Holla', and the calypso rock of 'Twist Twist Senora'. But the rest of the tracks featured here reprise that same formula of brass-backed blues-based shuffles to slightly diminishing effect.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Gary U.S.Bonds 22 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
While Gary US Bonds may be an acquired taste,when these tracks came out in the early 60's they were like a breath of fresh air,something different. Fuzzy sound,rasping sax,hand clapping party atmosphere, basic recording. It could never be recorded today with the 24 track studios ,engineers would have to clean the sound up.

All are original recordings,with all of his Legrand hits here with some 'flip' sides. Shame the thumping 'Do the Limbo with Me' was not included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the hits and more 20 Sep 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Many tried but few succeeded-to copy the Norfolk Virginia Sound.Possibly Phil Spector got the closest with a couple of Curtis Lee singles though anybody could do what Spector did anyway.Including Curtis Lee who went on to cut A Night At Daddy G's
Frank Guida didn't need massive forces to cut singles but noted before his death that Spector had created the so called Wall of Sound from him.
A man who'd lived in the Carribean and became an amatuer calypso singer in New York after WW2 used many of the songs he'd learnt to remodel them for Gary U S Bonds and Jimmy Soul the most obvious being Twistin' Matilda and Twist Twist Senora.The Jimmy Soul hit If You Wanna Be Happy had begun life as Ugly Woman and was on many calypso collections including Harry Belafonte
So Gary Bonds began life as Gary Anderson a would be country singer who wrote a song called New Orleans in the style of Roy Acuff.He would later write a country song called She's All I Got for one Freddie North and it was covered by Johnny Paycheck.
Which is as far as it went as Bonds was catapulted into the rock'n'roll arena and which may not have happenned if he'd met Chet Atkins instead of Frank Guida.But he could easily have beaten Charlie Pride
Incidentally how much better the song School Is Out is here if you compare it to the nightmare trash of Alice Cooper with virtually the same title
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I have been a fan of Gary U. S. Bonds since 1961 , and my favourite track is " Copy Cat " , a very minor U.S. hit ( no. 92 ) in late 1962 , the lyrics of which berate Chubby Checker , Dion and others for imitating his style. Other great songs include " Seven Day Weekend " and , of course , " Quarter To Three ". Highly recommended.
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